Austrian legislators want Schwarzenegger citizenship revoked over execution

[JURIST] A top official in Austria's environmentalist Green Party [official website] said Saturday that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] should lose his Austrian citizenship in the wake of his approval last week of the first California execution in three years [JURIST report]. Peter Pilz cited a nationality law that allows for the revocation of Austrian citizenship in the event that an Austrian "in service of another country substantially damages the interests or reputation of the republic by his or her behavior". Capital punishment is illegal in Austria, and the California execution has been highlighted by the Austrian chapter of Amnesty International [press release in German]. Pilz's call is likely to go politically unheeded, however, given that his party holds only a handful of parliamentary seats and the relevant provision of the nationality law is rarely used. Not even former Austrian president Kurt Waldheim [Slate backgrounder], later connected to Nazi war crimes, was stripped of citizenship. A movement is, however, underway to rename Schwarzenegger Stadium, a 15,350-seat soccer venue near Schwarzenegger's birthplace. AP has more.



 

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